In the Very Place You Find Yourself

“If there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8) Worrisome Scenarios Charging like a thoroughbred ‘round a racetrack, our thoughts hurl from one worrisome scenario to another. With time on our hands and minds on full alert, we contemplate the dreadful, the damaging, or the difficult, assuming […]

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Noticing The Ordinary

“And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.” (Luke 18:43) Applause Please Let’s give God a round of applause for showing up in a phenomenal manner! That’s how the crowd responded when Jesus healed a faith-filled beggar. Near to Jericho […]

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Poised to Ascend

“O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens…when I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that […]

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Simplicity

“And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.” (Luke 18:1) Jesus was the grand storyteller who scattered seeds of truth on the inquisitive and indifferent as he traversed the countryside. He aimed for a harvest of believers with the faith of good soil to […]

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Lessons from His Land

“Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you and will bless you.” (Genesis 26:3) The brief announcement promised that the trip to Israel would be an exciting adventure where we would experience the Biblical sights we had only imagined for years. We would travel as followers of Christ to learn more about his […]

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Expressions

“Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!”            (Psalm 105:1) “Oh give thanks to the Lord…” First and foremost, before we attempt to ask or seek or knock down the door of heaven with a barrage of requests, we must begin […]

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Covering

“He spread a cloud for a covering, and fire to give light by night. They asked, and he brought quail, and gave them bread from heaven in abundance.” (Psalm 105:39-40) This psalm erupts like a volcano of wonder spreading awe through our heart as it testifies of God’s incredible provisions for his people. The rebellious, […]

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Feast

“And he kept giving them to the disciples to set before the people.” (Luke 9:16 NAS) Such a familiar narrative, this feeding of five thousand hungry men and their needy families perched on a mountainside while they listened to Christ’s every word. Their longing for truth pinned them to the grass for days on end […]

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Most of All

“To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of […]

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Nazareth

“And he could do no mighty work there…” (Mark 6:5) Nazareth disappointed Jesus. This city, interwoven with the actual identification of Jesus the Nazarene, sold him out, ridiculed him, treated him with awful disdain. The ones who had known him best treated him the worst. “Where did this man get these things? What is the […]

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